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Until now, I visited all large islands except Gran Canaria in various holidays.

Photogallery of the Western Canary Islands
Photogallery of the Eastern Canary Islands

Introduction
The Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean, at about 30 degrees northern latitude. The archipelago consists of seven large islands (all inhabited), and many off-islets and rocks. The largest island, Tenerife measures some 2,000 square kilometers, and the smallest one, El Hierro, about 300 square kilometers. The total population is about 1,500,000. Politically, the Canaries have belonged to Spain since c.1500. Nowadays, the islands have a high degree of autonomy. In times past, the islands were important as “stations” on the trade routes between America and Europe.

Climate
The climate is subtropical, but the northern seasons are still pronounced, especially in the higher regions. The low eastern islands are much drier than the mountainous western islands.

Landscapes
Although being close to Africa, the islands are "real" oceanic islands of volcanic origin. Landscapes include fantastic mountains, cliffs and sandy beaches. On many places volcanic activity is clearly visible. The landscapes of the western islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro are much greener than those of the eastern islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. However, even on the western islands the green areas are restricted to the northern, “windward sides” of the islands.

Travel and tourism
All islands except El Hierro are top tourist resorts. There are frequent inter-island connections by sea and air; all islands except La Gomera have airports. A useful websites for background information is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_Islands .

Island List

Eastern Islands
1. Lanzarote (with inhabited by-island Graciosa, and uninhabited by-islands Montana Clara and Allegranza)
2. Fuerteventura (with inhabited by-island Los Lobos)
3. Gran Canaria

Western islands
4. Tenerife
5. La Gomera
6. La Palma
7. El Hierro

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Photogallery of the Eastern Canary Islands
Photogallery of the Western Canary Islands
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